LIMA — The dinner hour is in full swing at 6 p.m. for Karen Chen at Chopsticks Express.
It can get busy, and not just with customers on their way home from work who stopped by the Lima Mall to do a little shopping. She also has her repeat customers, who stop by to pick up dinner.
“I get both shoppers from the mall and some who come here to buy food,” Chen said.
Chen and her staff stay busy. Dinner is often the busiest time of day, she said.
The crowd in the early evening tends to be after-work shoppers and teenagers out of school, she said.
By 8 p.m., the dinner rush is over, and it starts slowing down. The end of a busy day for Chen and her staff is winding down.
But if it’s the shopping season such as Christmas time, the store that serves Chinese food can stay busy.